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Nokia 6 Review

In 2016 there were rumors going around that Nokia will be coming over to Android, having been shot to hell and back with Microsoft. Though Microsoft’s Windows Phone wasn’t bad, the fact that Google’s Android was dominant means that the Nokia would have had to suffer the same fate as the OS it was running on, ignored and much maligned. In their refocusing of the direction of the company, Microsoft sold the rights and assets of the Nokia brand to a Finnish based company by the name of HMD Global, a subsidiary of manufacturer Foxxconn. Since then, Nokia, has released three smartphones running Android. Today, we take a look at the Nokia 6, the most expensive of the lot.

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Specifications

  • 5.5” IPS LCD Display (1080×1920)
  • 3000 mAh Battery
  • 16 MP Rear Camera, 8 MP Selfie Camera
  • Storage: 32 GB with 3 GB RAM, 64 GB with 4 Gb RAM
  • Qualcomm SnapDragon 430
  • Expandable storage via SD Card
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Fast Charge
  • Aluminum Body
  • Colours:  Arte Black, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Copper, Silver

Design

First of all let me say that I love the Nokia 6’s design. It reminds me so much of the OnePlus X, though this phone is made of Aluminum and not glass like the OnePlus X. This phone, when held in the hand, makes it feel like it would give the original Nokia 3310 a run for its money in terms of durability.

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It has some ridges for grip and the edges are a bit sharp but it also allows you to grip the phone better. The polished look of this phone gives the impression that it is an expensive phone, rather than a budget device.

Camera

The camera on this phone is nothing to rave about. It is a very good camera, exceedingly so at its price point.  The rear camera produces some nice pictures, though the colours might be a bit bland and sometimes there is a bit of a blur, even with the HDR on. The video recording is in the same boat, with the added limitation of lack of 4k recording. There is also a manual mode, but just basic manuals you can get from it.

Software

This phone is a Pixel in another body, literally. It runs stock Android 7.1.1 and has no modification to it whatsoever, save for the system icons being in blue. The phone also features capacitive keys rather than software, something I have no complains about. Because this phone ships with stock Android, expect updates to be on time, and even before Pixels get theirs, as was the case this month for security updates.  Gaming on this phone produced no stutters and the device remained cool, which is surprising since the SnapDragon 430 isn’t a top tier chipset.



Battery

Because this phone runs stock Android, expect great battery life from it. 5 to 6 hours of SoT are the norm, depending on the usage. Fast charge is also included, however there is no official rating in terms of how much percent the device will get in 30 minutes charge.

The Verdict

The Nokia 6 may be one of the best budget phones of the year. It may not have the highest end of specs but it certainly packs a punch considering that it is priced below even most budget phones. Sure, one may argue that there was a lot of cost cutting, yet the device runs and feel premium, making those cost cutting seem insignificant. This device is a great device for those on a tight budget, looking for an entry level device though to say it is a basic device is doing it an injustice. HMD maybe new to smartphones, but with the Nokia brand, nostalgia and craftsmanship has given them an excellent start.

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